For the fourth time in his nine seasons with the Mariners, Ichiro was selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
All Ichiro did was become the first player in MLB history to have nine consecutive 200-hit seasons, reached the 2,000-hit mark in lickity-split fashion, made it nine-for-nine in All-Star Game selections and most likely will be awarded his ninth Gold Glove Award for defensive excellence.
Ichiro shared the award with Bret Boone in 2001 and won it outright in ’04, and ’07.
Ace right-hander Felix Hernandez was the overwhelming winner of the Most Valuable Pitcher Award — his first.
He has an 18-5 record and 2.49 ERA going into Sunday’s start against the Rangers and is among the leading Cy Young Award candidates.
Also, right-handed reliever Sean White, who started the season in the Minor Leagues but ended up making 52 appearances, was selected by the coaching staff as the Unsung Hero Award winner.
He posted a 3-2 record and 2.80 ERA before having season come to an premature end because of an injury.
Each of the award-winners received a plaque — and a handshake.
— Jim Street